With nearly $50 million in research funding, the Carolina Population Center established itself at the end of the 2010 fiscal year as a leading research entity at the University.
The center, which completes interdisciplinary demographic studies, received $47.7 million in grants and contracts, marking the second-most of any individual recipient at UNC this year, behind the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Despite the looming economic uncertainty with the end of the federal stimulus, Tom Heath, associate director for finance and administration, said he anticipates the steady funding growth from research grants to continue.
“The current economic climate at the federal level and increased concern about deficits to some extent has made it tougher,” Heath said. “Some stimulus money has been channeled into grants and that has helped us.”
Kathleen Mullan Harris, interim director of the center, said it has been able to receive funding due to the nature of its research.